Bing is a search engine owned by Microsoft. Microsoft Rewards gives Bing users points for tasks that can be exchanged for money and prizes. There are daily tasks, quizzes, and polls available for users to rack up points for gift cards. It’s one of the easiest ways to make money in 2018.
Bing Rewards…? Is that You?
We started doing Microsoft Rewards (formerly known as Bing) over 3 years ago back in 2015.
They went through a minor rebranding from Bing Rewards to Microsoft Rewards. This gave Microsoft users (like my husband and me) more reward points in turn for browsing the Internet.
Edge is a Microsoft owned web browser similar to Safari, Firefox, and Chrome. Bing.com is their search engine, similar to Google.
Microsoft Rewards = Bing Rewards. Both the same terms for the same rewards program. Okay? 🙂
What’s Microsoft Rewards?
It’s a program used to promote Microsoft’s search engine in order to entice users to perform searches on Bing through Microsoft’s Edge browser.
Users receive points for performing searches, daily + weekly quizzes, daily polls, and shopping through Microsoft.
Essentially, you are being paid points by Microsoft to look something up.
These points accumulate and can be cashed out to popular gift cards like Amazon, Starbucks, Burger King, AMC, Chipotle, Hulu, Target, Walmart, Domino’s, REI, Sephora, etc.
Users can make donations to Special Olympics, Teach for America, Boys & Girls Club etc.
There are also raffle sweepstakes for Microsoft products like Xbox, Surface Go, Cortana bundles etc. that users can enter for 200 Microsoft reward points.
Should You Join or Is it a Scam?
It’s very easy to join. You need to be a Microsoft account holder and a U.S. resident.
You can get 20 extra points a day for being a Microsoft Edge user. The easiest way is to install the Edge browser app on mobile.
Signing up requires only an email address or phone number. You are entitled to one account per person, per device. Users gaming with more than one account per device will have their account revoked upon reward redemption.
Bing Rewards is definitely not a scam. Microsoft is a very established and reputable company.
The gift cards you receive are from Microsoft, not the third party gift card vendors themselves. There is only one company to answer to. We have never encountered any redemption issues. For any issues encountered, they have a support page to contact.
How Much Can You Make With Microsoft Rewards?
It usually takes about 5,000 to 5,250 points to redeem something worth $5. Doing a Bing search will give you 5 points, quizzes and polls are 10 to 30 points.
You will typically earn about 480 points per day – not including any bonus points for having multi-day streaks. That means you can get $5 every 10 to 11 days which equals out to be little under $15 a month, per personal device.
Totaling $15 x 12 (months) = $180 x 2 (our household of 2 users) = $360 per year for browsing the world wide web.
Are Bing Searches Worth Your Time?
Yes. It’s not a bad way to earn some extra spending money. You are essentially paid to look things up online, which is something majority of us do everyday anyways.
The interactive trivia quizzes are quick and a no-fail. Sometimes they’re quite interesting. The daily polls are fun too.
You can complete desktop hits on Bing with your smartphone browser as long as you switched on “Desktop View.” That means you don’t need to be on a computer at all to complete all necessary task and points.
Microsoft Rewards – Tips & Strategies
Definitely install the Bing Chrome browser plug-in. It will show you points and direct your search engine to Bing so you will always remember to do them.
Install the Microsoft Edge (formerly Bing) mobile app in the Android Playstore. That way you can do your mobile searches, polish off the desktop searches, and get the 20 extra Edge app points a day too.
I don’t recommend hoarding points if you wanted to wait for a “sale” on gift card redemption. They never happen. If you lose account access or become banned that means you’ll lose all your points.
There was a brief period where they took away the biggest draw – the Amazon gift cards – which is why I don’t think anyone hoard points for later redemption if it’s available now.
If you hoard points for multiple cash outs in a short period, Microsoft Rewards might flag your account due to suspicious activity. Be mindful of the timing.
Microsoft Rewards lets you set goals so they help you keep track of how many points you collected. When you have enough, cash out.
Bing Rewards back in 2016 had tiers under bronze, silver, and gold. Each level will give users more ways to earn points. After the
Back in 2017, Microsoft emailed targeted Bing users a promo code for a free $5 gift card among other bonuses. Make sure nothing from Microsoft Rewards ends up in your spam box.
Microsoft Reward Pros & Cons
- Little to no learning curve.
- 100% Legit.
- Start instantly with an email sign-up.
- Fun trivia and quizzes.
- Loads of options with lots of popular gift cards and sweepstakes.
- Limited earning power.
- Limited to U.S. Residents only without any plans for expansion.
- You must be logged in to your Microsoft Rewards browser in order for points to register.
- Does not convert to cash (PayPal, Bank Deposit, etc.)